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AdZU Research Agenda 2019-2022

“Serving the Communities and Strengthening AdZU through Research”

The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) Research Agenda 2019-2022 is a research roadmap of the AdZU guided by its vision and mission, in the service of God and country, as well as by the Society of Jesus’s emphasis on the environment, youth, and the marginalized. 

Generated through consultations and conversations with different stakeholders within and outside of AdZU, this research agenda basically aims to guide the prioritizations of AdZU research efforts.  Significantly, this agenda aims to address and respond to the urgent needs and issues of the surrounding communities in Zamboanga City and beyond.  It also aims to address the challenges experienced within AdZU to further strengthen its operations and services. 

In general, this document strategically identifies the different research themes and in particular offers specific research topics under each theme. 

The list is intended to trigger more similar research topics within the context of the research agenda 2019-2022.

I. External Research Priorities

The heedful extension services of AdZU shed light to the challenges we face in the vicinity and beyond.  The harsh realities as well as the promising opportunities outside of the university campus force us to strategize efforts in responding more significantly.  Research is one basic strategy.  The following are research themes and topics that can practically inform and intensify the extension efforts of the university:

Major AreaResearch ThemesSample Topics
A. Community LeadershipLocal Governance and leadership towards resilient communitiesa. Scanning and Strengthening Leadership and Governance in the Barangays;
b. Resiliency of Communities as Indicator of Barangay Leadership and Governance;
c. Resiliency in Communities: Challenges and Prospects;
d. Linking the Civil Society Organization, Government Agencies, and the Barangays; and
e. Making Sense of the Development Work of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the City.
B. Marginalization and VulnerabilitiesThe marginalized and the vulnerable: who, why, how?a. The Plight of the Subanen/Kolibugan/Sama-Bajau/Sama-Bangingi in Western Mindanao;
b. Occupational Safety and Women Workers in Zamboanga’s Canning Factories;
c. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) among Minors in Western Mindanao;
d. The Youth in Politics: Predicaments and Promises;
e. Violence against Women and Children: Weaving Narratives ;
f. Victims of Human Trafficking: Cross-Case Analysis;
g. Incest in Zamboanga City: the Untold Stories; and
h. Understanding the Multiple Vulnerabilities of the LGBTQIA in Poor Communities.
C. Faith and Culture, Peace and SecurityInter/Intra-faith and culture dynamics in Western Mindanaoa. Islamic Education and Philosophy in View of Interfaith, Intercultural Advocacy;
b. Muslim – Christian Relations as Depicted in Social Media; and
c. Models in Strengthening Intrafaith and Interfaith Relations.
Peace and Securitya. Understanding the Dynamics of Radicalization in Western Mindanao towards Peace Building;
b. Biographies of Mindanao Muslim Heroes and Peace-builders: Platform for Formation Programs;
c. Rising Rates of Teenage Pregnancy: a New Challenge to Schools and Churches;
d. Teenage Pregnancy: Analyzing Risks, Challenges, and Health Prospects;
e. Urban Sprawl: the Challenge of Zamboanga City in the Next Decades; and
f. ICT Infrastructure for Peace and Order in the City .
D. Sustainable Development (environment, health, & economics)Environment and sustainable developmenta. Food Security Issues in Western Mindanao;
b. Arguments for and against the City Master Plan Compliance;
c. Managing the Solid Waste Management;
d. Renewable Energy: Cost, Benefit, and Trends; and
e. Scanning Zamboanga City’s ICT Infrastructure: Impact on Disaster Response.
Strengthening Health and Wellness in societya. Maternal and child health;
b. Changing Views on Vaccinations: Implications to Public Health;
c. Maternal and Child Health from a Cultural Perspective;
d. Handling the Food Handlers: Steps and Missteps in Sanitation Inspection;
e. Health-seeking Behavior and Health Insurance Coverage: Contradictions in Public Health;
f. Compliance of the Barangays to the Mental health Law; and
g. Scanning Zamboanga City’s ICT Infrastructure: Impact on Health Care Delivery.
Entrepreneurship and Economic Developmenta. Zamboanga City’s BPO Readiness;
b. Benchmarking Zamboanga’s ICT Infrastructure with Metro-cities in the Philippines; and
c. Family-run Enterprises and Economic Development.

II. Internal Research Priorities

Our exposure to the daunting realities outside of the university campus forces us to introspect.  It challenges us to reexamine the internal university conditions through which we serve the people, the country, and God.  The following research themes and topics can shed light into this challenge:

Major AreaResearch ThemesSample Topics
A. Curriculum (instruction & formation)Curriculum: identity, integrity, delivery, and social transformationa. Revisiting the Ignatian Identity in the AdZU Curriculum for Community-based Transformation;
b. Drawing the Line across AdZU Curricula: toward Curriculum Alignment;
c. Are we Developing the Right Competencies: Relating Curriculum and Faculty;
d. AdZU Curriculum and Values: Bridging the Gap;
e. Connecting AdZU Curriculum and Socio-political Transformation; and
f. Readiness of AdZU in Catering to Students with Special Needs.
Monitoring students' progress to strengthen instructional programsa. Improving Instruction through Action Research;
b. AdZU GS Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Program: an Action Research
Action Research on No Assignment Policy in AdZU GS;
c. Action Research on ICT Integration in AdZU;
d. Longitudinal Study on Filipino Proficiency among Private school Students;
e. Longitudinal Study on English Proficiency among Private School Students; and
f. “Are We Ready for Special Education (SpEd)?”
B. Clients (students, graduates, parents)Holistic development of students through a culture of assessmenta. Assessing the AdZU Culture of Assessment;
b. Assessing Students’ Values and Formation;
c. Students’ Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude: An Assessment; and
d. Identity and Spirituality Assessment among Students.
Tracing students and alumni to strengthen placement and promotion programsa. Tracing Employability of AdZU Graduates;
b. Job Skills Matching of AdZU Graduates; and
c. Tracer on Exemplary Alumni for Celebration and Marketing.
C. Human Capital (faculty & staff)Understanding AdZU faculty's commitment, passion, and productivitya. Uncovering and Recovering AdZU Faculty Commitment;
b. Interpreting Work Contentment among AdZU Employees;
c. Deep-diving into the World of the Young Faculty;
d. Faculty Needs and Preferences in the Workplace;
e. Tracking AdZU Faculty Performance;
f. Quality of Life Balance among AdZU Faculty;
g. Mapping the Faculty Mindsets; and
h. The Faculty and the 21st Century Skills.
Developing AdZU's Human Capitala. Redefining Employee’s Performance Evaluation;
b. Compensation and Workload Alignment in a Rapidly Evolving Workplace;
c. Job Satisfaction among Millennial Employees;
d. Assessing Employees Productivity through Time and Motion Study;
e. Relating Formation and Employees Turnover; and
f. Role Perceptions: Issues among Employees.
D. Administration (systems, research, social environment)Understanding administration systems in AdZUa. Inter-office Communication Problems and Prospects;
b. Cost and Benefit Analysis of Employee Loan Systems;
c. Predicting Bullying through Machine Learning Software;
d. Localizing Security Codes and Standards in Schools;
e. Preventing Hypertension through Early Detection;
f. Risk Analysis on AdZU’s Infrastructure; and
g. Maintaining Cohort Studies in Aid of Administration.
Strategies for building research productivitya. Exploring Apprenticeship in Research;
b. Mentoring, Coaching, Advising, Partnering: Which Works?;
c. Re-examining Mis/conception and Perception on Research and Research Management in AdZU;
d. Uncovering the Myths about Workload and Research in the Academe;
e. The Pros and Cons of Research Collaboration;
f. Understanding the Research Journey: Exploring Fears, Anxieties and Motivations;
g. Incentivizing Research and Researchers: an Assessment; and
h. Prestige in Research and Publication among Senior Professors.
Understanding the socio-political atmosphere of the universitya. Revisiting Apathy in Social Development Activities; and
b. Perceptions of Democracy in Social Media.